Although my responsibility and focus is with The New Saints FC, nevertheless like many of us that are involved in the JD Cymru Premier, as a fan of domestic Welsh football in general, I’m always looking at the big picture.
As we hit the halfway stage, it’s an ideal opportunity to cast an eye over the league and share some personal thoughts. With just five points between them, here’s the top four.
The New Saints FC. The victory against Carmarthen Town put the reigning champions back on top of the pile. The last time Scott Ruscoe’s side sat in pole position was following the victory against the Old Gold back in September.
On that occasion, it was short-lived, as Barry Town United’s 1-0 win the following day saw them back on top. This time round though, TNS FC will be looking to consolidate, build and push on.
Connah’s Quay Nomads. Having led the way for a number of weeks, dropped points on MD15 for Andy Morrison’s side saw them slot into second place, following the 0-0 at Pen-y-Bont.
However, the Nomads remain unbeaten so far this season, which is an impressive statistic in itself. They’ll be full of confidence as we enter the second half of the season. Expect them to go all the way with The New Saints.
Bala Town. As far as the last four games are concerned, the Lakesiders are the in-form side. The only team to have collected maximum points, Colin Caton’s outfit sits just two points behind Connah’s Quay and one win off The New Saints.
Although it’s no good crying over spilt milk, nevertheless MD6 and MD7 defeats away at Newtown (1-0) and at home to Cardiff Metropolitan University FC (1-2), will be incentives for the side to push on and put wrongs right in the second half of the season.
Barry Town United. One time leaders, the Linnets have fallen away considerably in the chase for the title. Although they’re in fourth place at the turning point, it’s due in the main to their early form.
In the last five games, Gavin Chesterfield’s team has picked up just three points, having lost four from five. However, you don’t become a bad team overnight and when players return from injury you can expect to see them back on track.